A later in life introduction to playing the game of golf morphed into an interest in club making around 2004 for Louis Stephenson.
The Tournament of Champions is first up, with Xander Schauffele the reigning champion. The Sony Open is Jan. 9-12 (Matt Kuchar) is next, and then the old guys on the Champions Tour tee up Jan. 16-18 for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, where defending titleholder Tom Lehman is sure to wear a flowered shirt.
Santa Claus is surely going to reward area high school golfers for their efforts this fall; as they head toward the Christmas break, visions of sugar plums, eagles and birdies are surely dancing in their heads. And maybe a new driver or putter.
As the little action figure that represented me walked, he progressed from one rectangle to the next while on the side of the screen messages appeared to indicate which days tickets were sold out. Of course, the weekend packages went first, followed by the single day ducats each of the days of matches.
Being invited to the golf course raters/media day at Escondido Golf & Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay was, for me, right up there with having been invited to attend my first-ever Astros playoff game last year.
Unless and until the venerable old tournament returns to a pre-Masters spot on the PGA Tour schedule, do not expect marquee players to play in our backyard.